Fuller bodied red wines
Wines: Cabernet, Shiraz, Malbec, Durif
Food matches: Their robust structure makes these an ideal partner to hard cheeses and fattier cuts of meat.
Medium bodied red wines
Wines: Merlot & Blends, Tempranillo, Sangiovese
Food matches: To match the moderate density tannins go for slow-cooked or rustic style dishes like pasta, Mediterranean fare, tapas.
Lighter bodied red wines
Wines: Pinot Noir, Grenache
Food matches: With the finer styles, go for gamey, earthy foods like duck, while styles with higher acidity can take richer, spicier dishes.
Wines: Dry, off-dry
Food matches: For drier styles, go for salads, charcuterie and antipasto. For off-dry styles, try spicy food or fruit-based dishes.
Fuller-bodied white wines
Wines: Chardonnay, Chablis, Viognier
Food matches: A richer texture makes these fuller varieties a great match for poultry, pork, rich seafood, cream or cheese-based pastas.